Michael Jones, Lauren Artress, and Jen Louden discuss the nature of transformation–and its relationship to art and the artist.

Do you think everyone is creative? What do you do allow your creative side to flourish?

Shirley Showalter


  1. Kathleen on November 29, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I feel and think that everyone has the potential to be creative, but for me it requires intention, discipline, and space: the intention to look at the world with expectation, the discipline to be present in each moment, and, from time-to-time, the space to “do nothing.”

    As Paul Friesen (potter and sculptor) likes to say, “It is the empty space created inside the pot that is the most useful part of the piece.”

    • shirleyhs on November 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm

      I love the way you connect two sides of the brain and two kinds of space, negative and positive, into one whole. I have to pause hundreds of times a day to become conscious again. It’s so easy to become unconscious! Thanks for the Paul Friesen quote. He was one of the bringers of the arts into his country.

  2. Susan Neufeldt on November 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    To enter creative space, I expose myself to ideas through lectures, non-fiction and sometimes fiction books, the New York Times, the New Yorker, as well as good conversation with creative people.

    In the present political climate, it is hard some days to do this, but I feel it is my obligation as an informed citizen and purported intellectual to do so–even when it can make me slightly depressed.

    The more ideas I encounter about almost anything, the more ideas I generate.

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